iPhone Glove Battlemodo

The iPhone is great, until, one frosty day, you realize its capacitive touchscreen doesn't work through gloves. So we tested three pairs of iPhone-friendly gloves to decide which were best.

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

Freehands Stretch ($21)
Gimmick: Finger tip flaps allow your real fingers to do the typing.

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

Finger tip hinges allow actual finger to touch iPhone screen, 100% responsiveness

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

Finger tip hinges are made of non-breathing wetsuit material

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

The tips, predictably, leak air in

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

Build quality is generally low


The North Face E-Tip ($40)
Gimmick: Shimmery gold finger tips activate the iPhone's capacitive touch screen.

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

Palm design is grippy, makes me feel like Iron Man

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

Touch responsiveness is at about 85%, though typing is futile

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

Thin enough to work as lining under additional glove for skiing, etc

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

We just got word that E-Tips are sold out nationwide with no plans for additional production. UPDATE: They'll come back in the Fall 2009 line.


tavo Gloves ($30)
Gimmick: Like the North Face E-Tips, the shimmery gold finger tips activate the iPhone's capacitive touch screen.

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

Minimal black design looks like a normal glove

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

Finger responsiveness at about 70%, usable, but worse than E-Tip

iPhone Glove Battlemodo

So our conclusion is a sad one. The North Face gloves were our favorite if you can stand the overly-techie design (which my wife hated but I loved). However, the tavos do come in a close second, offering a passable way to check your email in the cold.

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